How ‘courageous’ James Wiseman has shocked Steve Kerr through two games
How ‘fearless’ Wiseman has surprised Kerr through two video games initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
When the Warriors drafted James Wiseman in November, they understood they were getting an experienced player. They just didn’t know where he would remain in his advancement considering that he last played a college basketball video game on Nov. 12, 2019.
Wiseman arrived late to training camp and didn’t play in any of the Warriors’ 3 preseason games, so it would have been natural for the No. 2 overall draft pick to be slightly shy in his very first couple of NBA games.
Incredibly, the specific reverse has actually taken place and Wiseman perhaps has actually been the best gamer on the court for the Warriors during their two blowout losses, even capturing the attention of NBA All-Star Donovan Mitchell.
” What I am stunned about, is that with so little practice time, two video games in, that he’s as confident as he is out there,” coach Steve Kerr informed reporters in Chicago on Saturday. “I thought he ‘d be a little deer in the headlights out there, however he is fearless. So it’s not fear, it’s more he’s got a thirst to discover the stuff he needs to learn, so he’s going out there and scoring 18, 20 points whatever it is and after that pertaining to the bench like ‘Well, what did I do wrong and what do I require to do to improve?’ ”
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Kerr isn’t the only Warrior gushing about what Wiseman has shown and what he’s capable of.
” I informed y’ all after Day 1 that I think he’s gon na be truly f —– g unique,” Draymond Green told press reporters Saturday after practice.
In the Warriors’ Christmas Day loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, Green was training up Wiseman during stoppages in the action, and you can expect more of that once the three-time NBA All-Star goes back to the court.
” The fun part is he don’t have a f —– g idea about what he’s actually doing,” Green stated Saturday. “He don’t even know the essentials. That is interesting since he’s gon na find out those fundamentals. But to see what he’s able to do not having an idea … is extremely interesting.”
Wiseman’s excellent efficiencies have made a couple things clear to Kerr.
One, the 19-year-old already need to be considered part of the Warriors’ foundation.
” The centerpiece of the future in terms of how we’re constructing this group is with Steph [Curry] and Klay [Thompson] and Draymond,” Kerr said Saturday (H/T Wes Goldberg). “I can now toss James therein.”
2, the coaching staff most likely has to redesign parts of the offense to revolve around the center.
” James Wiseman is showing to be such a big part of our team and our future,” Kerr said (H/T Wes Goldberg). “So some stuff we have to literally start over with.”
It’s really clear that the Warriors are a work-in-progress. Kerr and the training staff have a great deal of things to figure out in order to get the group back on track. It’s likewise apparent that they do not require to bring Wiseman along gradually. He has revealed that he’s prepared for more playing time, and quickly, he could be a focal point of the offense in addition to Curry.
Much like Curry, Thompson and Green, Wiseman’s fearless trait is on full display and everybody is taking notice.